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I am at a point where i need a laptop, and i am limited to under 600 most likely, and under 700 IF i can pay over several months. Now i have 2 in mind right now, and though most of the specs i understand. I have no clue whats happening when the AMD APUs are an option. Now i have 2 choices.

Dell XPS 15 (most basic one)

-Intel core i3 2310M
-Nvidia GeForce 525M graphics
-15.6 inch LED screen
-Payable over several months, 1 year no interest and NO administrations fee
-6GB RAM (later upgraded to 8)
looked GREAT for $699.99

However...

there is this from Tigerdirect, and is a weekend sale ONLY!

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...T25-11023%20CA

-17.3 inch screen
-4GB RAM (upgraded to 8)
-Lump sum payment
-AMD A6 3400M
-WEEKEND SALE! $549.99

I dont know the performance numbers for an A6 3400M or how they compare to an i3 + 525M graphics. and not only will i be getting this laptop if its the pick but i will upgrade it to 8 GB of ram making the total cost close to 600.

i dont know which one to pick, which one performs better and where? which one is a better value, which one is better with customer support (dell is legendary with customer support)? i tried to do some research on the A6 3400M but there isnt that much documentation. i havent been keeping up with the latest CPUS and whatnots since the end of Lynnfield and the beginning of sandy bridge. so im out of date, please anyone help me?
    
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- Quick update the dell laptop pretty much all in all is better than the Toshiba one, except the toshiba one has a bigger screen, this laptop will be used for internet browsing presntations, possible PLC, and possibly some LIGHT LIGHT gaming( not a factor to put in)
    
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My question is. Please tell me what your doing that requires 8Gb's of ram?! Let alone 6Gb's..
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My question is. Please tell me what your doing that requires 8Gb's of ram?! Let alone 6Gb's..
4GB of RAM typically means the manufacturer will give a 32bit OS, and even if they give u 64 bit, i often do run out of memory when it comes to 4 GB, so what i do? its a variety, but 8GB of ram is a requirement, i will be upgrading the laptop if it doesnt come preloaded with it.
    
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Wow haha.. That's weird. I've never run out of RAM on my desktop, it only has 4 GB
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I highly recommend NOT going with a Toshiba
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post #7 of 7
I have the dell xps 17 with the 2630qm and 555m they are fantastic machines especially for the fact at full tilt the tempatures stay under control, only problem with it is its not exactly the most portable with there awkward shape and the sheer weight of em.
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